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Perfectionism can be a good and a bad thing at the same time. We strive for it, but sometimes the result doesn't exceed our expectations. And that's okay

Not every single artwork you make has to be a masterpiece. Make some sketches, speedpaints, studies - just do something. See your flaws, be aware of them - and work on them. Don't put yourself down with negativity. It never helps. It takes time to learn, to gain new skills and make art. Through many hours of work we achieve what we want. And it takes time. 

It's so easy to give up. To think - what's the point in doing this, if the artwork is never perfect. Art doesn't have to be always perfect, it has to be made. We have to get used to the fact that we'll never be good enough - there is a beauty in that, because we have something to strive for, to experience and observe. 

Making art is difficult and yet it's fun. Enjoy the process, get in the zone (when you aren't aware of what's around, not getting disctracted by anything). Make something you'll be proud of, put your soul in it, push the boundaries. Don't focus on tiny details - refining won't work if the fundamentals are wrong. Learn them - think about what's the main thing about your artwork. What's the focal point - be aware of composition, values, perspective etc. What's the story, what makes it unique - focus on what matters. 

I have to admit that I'm a perfectionist myself. I rather try do my best every single time, than make something that I don't like afterwards. As long as It's not preventing me from making new stuff, I don't mind it. I'm aware of my flaws and I keep working on them. That's the only way to cope with that. Not getting way too attached to artworks, to be able to get over failing and just start over or move on. Even failed pieces of art are essential - we have to learn and continue on our artistic journey. 

Art is what we do, when we are truly alive. (Seth Godin) So don't let perfectionism to keep you away from making amazing artworks. Let the passion and peristence carry you on creating. And see what happens

So, how about you - what are your thoughts about perfectionism? 

This week I found some lovely resources - painting playlist with inspiring and calming songs by WojtekFus  color palette generator -, blog with great screenshots of movies, lots of free ebooks about anatomy, composition etc. - in this link, 5 easy ways (tutorial) to improve coloring, amazing list of free photoshop brushes made by excellent digital artists, my favorite resource & inspiration list for aspiring artists and stunning animation - "Duet" by Glen Keane. 

Be Awesome Today 8x10 Art Print

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  and weekly 8 songs playlist. :) (Smile)

Have a wonderful week!

“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí
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BellaGBear Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good words :clap:
Tassaron Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this! Really inspirational read, makes me want to draw more. ^^
KasaiPhoenix7 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you for this! ("Art and Perfectionism") It's really helpful and motivating to just keep going and keep your chin up and to rise again (like a phoenix ;D *cough like my name*)
RemnantRyku Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the badge and you've got great inspiring words. It's pleasant to hear another's beliefs and relate to it. You're coloring skill is very impressive, I might add. I'm looking forward to see more of your dreams when you've the time to share them.
J-U-L02 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the wonderful advice!!! Those examples you showed are truly amazing, especially that one called "Duet" ! I'm going to start not letting my perfectionist self get in the way of the art I make. Now, instead of perfecting a piece of work right away, I'll look at my mistakes and weak points and try to improve on that in order to make better works of art.😄😄😄
Carressas-stuff Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is written wonderfully !
thank you for posting this ,it really made my day !
Drakedragon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for writing this, it's very encouraging. I have some pretty serious dry spells when it comes to my art sometimes and I'm currently trying to come out of one, so I appreciate it.

And thanks for the Lama Badge, or else I might not have seen this. ^_^
kahisma Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Even failed pieces of art are essential" Very important point! I used to have a terrible habit of throwing away or disregarding art that I didn't like, finished or unfinished. My art teacher last year thankfully got me out of that habit, and got me to understand that every piece I make- regardless of how much I hated it- can help me learn something,  perhaps even gain new ideas for future works. Now, I store everything I create and, even if some (most, really) never see the light of day, I frequently go back to them for new sources of inspiration.
drawji Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so true!
NeraBoo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And Amen!
TuaLee08 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
This has made my day. Thank you so much for writing this! I'm so glad I became your watcher.
the-solimnludic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this!!!!

I just watched Duet twice and it made me cry both times, gaah. It reminded me of "Thought of You", though both are unique, one could certainly juxtapose them. :heart:
HotPinkSexFiend Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh boy. I'm too much of a perfectionist myself. It's been holding me back lately. xD

This is a good reminder that I really have to push through that and just make art happen!
Nightmare-Prophet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Too often have I put myself down and no longer shall I. Perfection is unattainable. If something was ever "perfect" it would lose the human touch that created it from the raw materials from which it was formed. I have learned that the best works are those with imperfections because it is those very flaws that connect you to the artist in a way that a "perfect" piece never could. This is a perfect message to share, and thank you for the Llama.
SerendipityDesT Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! i can reflect with this, i tend to be a prefectionist too but dometimes things doesn't go the way we want em to be. Very well said my friend.
TheEvilHadrosaur Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a huge perfectionist and a poor artist at that... Good combination =P
Erudithral Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said. I know myself I tend to be a perfectionist.
artisgonaliveforever Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
'True perfection has to be imperfect'. Oasis, Little By Little
evangeline40003 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student
That is so important to remember and so true. Perfection drives us but it is what isn't perfect that is what represents and shows us. 
ExSakura Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I think it's important to remember that other people aspire to be like an artist that they think is perfect…while that artist bemoans their imperfections.
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